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The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community.

As a part of this effort, TFAH produced a 4-part webinar series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. The goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity.  Program speakers share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings – large or small, urban or rural and with substantial or minimal resources.  And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the webinar series features excellent work that has not received much national attention.

 

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness. This new resource assists school districts and schools in establishing or enhancing an employee wellness initiative. The guide provides a step-by-step process that districts and schools can use to develop an employee wellness initiative that fits their unique needs. It includes worksheets, templates, and resources as well as real-world examples from school districts that have successfully worked to improve employee wellness.

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Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a voluntary and free state-wide certification available to businesses, schools, and all kinds of community organizations that want to be recognized as leaders making special efforts to promote healthy behaviors of Oklahomans.

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the nation’s largest advocacy and education organization working on tobacco-related issues.  The Campaign provides regular updates on federal, state and local tobacco news as well as provides resources and tools to advocate for tobacco-free policies.   >>Learn more

The following fact sheets are regularly updated:

 

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The Farmers Market Resource Guide was developed to assist and encourage Oklahoma communities, farmers, and citizen groups to create and successfully operate vibrant community farmers markets. The resource provides links to various topics that surround how to better plan and sustain a farmers market as well as the regulations a farmers market in Oklahoma must follow with forms and sample policies.

Click here to access the guide.

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January 16-23, 2019 is Quit Week in Oklahoma! Oklahoma is 36th in the United States for smoking. More than 580,000 Oklahoma adults smoke. More than 30,000 of high school students smoke, with an additional 2,100 more becoming daily smokers each year.

The Oklahoma Insurance Commission, along with several partners, have partnered with numerous local health care organizations and businesses in Oklahoma to sponsor SmokingisNotOK, a public awareness campaign aimed at informing residents about the importance of quitting smoking.

> Learn more, and access the Not OK resource guide.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is also available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for access to FREE resources.

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released videos to encourage adoption and strengthen implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ASCD, the WSCC model uses an integrated, collaborative approach to address barriers and supports related to learning and health.

The videos are designed for various audiences, including state education and health departments, schools, and partners. The videos feature three school districts that support and implement the WSCC model and focus on three themes:

  • Administrator Support and Commitment for WSCC approach
  • Ease of WSCC implementation, and
  • WSCC Benefits and Impact on Student Learning and Health

To access the videos, click here.

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The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network developed Wellness Teams Work! A Guide for Putting Wellness Policies into Practice in Schools. This guide summarizes the evidence supporting the importance of active school wellness teams in promoting wellness policy implementation in schools.

An effective wellness policy can improve food choices, dietary intake, and physical activity for children in schools.To be effective, a wellness policy must be implemented, monitored, and assessed. Meeting wellness policy goals helps schools to fulfill each student’s nutrition and physical activity needs. By forming or increasing activity of school wellness teams, schools will be better equipped to comply with federal guidelines and help students to stay engaged, focused and ready to learn.

Click here to access the guide.

 

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has introduced a new toolkit for schools!

Schools across the country have implemented successful policies, practices, and programs to create a healthy school environment that promotes learning. However, key stakeholders, including parents, community partners, and even district leaders, are often unaware of the reach and impact of these efforts.

Effective communication builds and sustains support for healthy schools, yet school district staff have few resources to guide them in publicizing their accomplishments. This toolkit is designed to fill this gap by providing step-by-step guidance that school districts and schools can use to communicate their school health successes to audiences such as district leadership, staff, parents, and community partners.

This Toolkit:

  • Outlines principles for communicating success and creating compelling messages
  • Describes different types of communications platforms and provides real-world examples
  • Provides a planning worksheet and multiple resources—including a success story template and ready-to-use statistics—to assist districts and schools in developing effective communications developing effective communications

Click here to access the toolkit.

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